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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 3:49 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Pastors said after meeting with representatives from the Middletown Division of Police they left better prepared in case an active shooter enters their church.
The meeting between the police and church leaders was arranged by Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw on the heels of the Texas church shooting on Nov. 5 that left 26 people dead and 20 injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history.
During the 90-minute seminar Friday in Council Chambers, Lt. David Birk, Detective Brandon Highley and Sgt. Sam Allen discussed ways for churches to better secure their buildings and protect their congregates.
“It’s real out there,” Birk told this newspaper after the meeting that drew about 70 church leaders. “They need to be prepared. It’s about taking steps to save lives.”
Grace Baptist Church in Middletown already has taken some steps, said Senior Pastor Max Fernandez. He said the church has hired an off-duty Middletown police officer to monitor the parking lot and inside the church building every Sunday morning. The officer also assists with traffic, he said.
The church also has a “safety plan” that Fernandez said he would review with church leaders and members, based off the information he learned at the seminar. The end result is finding the best way to “better protect” the members, the pastor said.
After the Texas shooting, church members gathered and prayed for those impacted, Fernandez said.
“It’s natural to have fear and to think about the vulnerability of your congregation to an active shooter,” he said.
Until recently, before the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., in 2015 that killed nine people, churches were considered to be a “safety zone, said Allen, who said it was important for people to feel secure at church.
Muterspaw said the church shootings have been committed by the “wrong person with wrong attitude.”
Years ago, during an active shooting, police didn’t enter the building until at least four officers were present. But now the first officer is instructed to find and apprehend the suspect.
“Waiting is costing lives,” Allen said.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
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Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:02 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:55 AM
ALASKA — A tsunami warning is in effect after a preliminary 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck 173 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska.
UPDATE @ 6:55 a.m.
The Kodiak Police Department reports water has started to recede from their harbor, and are urging residents to move to higher ground and wait for updates, according to a Facebook post.
Police also posted a video about 5:40 a.m. Eastern Time, warning residents a tsunami could be on the way.
The tsunami watch, issued for parts of the Hawaii has been cancelled, but remains in effect Oregon, California, and Washington.
The earthquake was at a depth of 15 miles. There have been nine aftershocks, from 3.1 to 5.0 magnitude.
The Oregon, California and Washington coasts are under a tsunami watch.
According to the National Weather Service, the first waves should arrive around 2 a.m. local time (6 a.m. Eastern Time). Residents are being told to seek higher ground.
A #tsunami warning is in effect for the outer coast of SE #Alaska. First waves may arrive around 2:00 AM, according to Tsunami Warning Center. Further updates may be found at https://t.co/FIgKd7XW5Y or via NOAA wx radio. #akwx— NWS Juneau (@NWSJuneau) January 23, 2018
The National Weather Service tweeted that a buoy just northeast of the epicenter recorded a water displacement of 32 feet.
#ALASKA #EARTHQUAKE ... reports of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the S coast of Alaska; buoy 46410 just northeast of the epicenter has recorded a water displacement of 10 meters (32 feet); #TSUNAMI WARNINGS posted for the S Alaska and W Canadian coastline pic.twitter.com/xmtvsoclMq— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 23, 2018
This story will be updated as we learn additional details.
Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 11:20 PM
— The rap trio Migos wants to put its stamp on the highly-anticipated remake of “The Lion King.”
On Sunday, Migos member Quavo posted his plea for the trio to make their Hollywood debut in the upcoming live-action remake, which already has an all-star cast including Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Alfree Woodard and Keegan-Michael Key.
“Call us,” Quavo tweeted to Disney about the group playing the three hyenas.
One problem, though. Key, comedian Eric Andre and actress Florence Kasumba have already been cast as hyenas in the new film, slated to premiere July 19, 2019.
3 Hyenas Lions King 🙌🏾 call us 📱 @Disney— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) November 5, 2017
The group’s fans were on board.
Migos wants roles as the three hyenas in Lion King??? Please please PLEASE let that happen 😂. I'm laughing already!— KG (@KyngKG) November 6, 2017
Somebody start a petition for Migos to play the hyenas in the new Lion King. This needs to happen people— Chicken Nuggets (@TSundsmo) November 6, 2017
Migos as the hyenas would be the highlight of my life— tanner (@The_tburke_) November 6, 2017
Twitter users offered numerous examples of how the group’s signature phraseology would fit right into the “Lion King” script.
imagine the legendary adlibs migos would produce if they played as the 3 hyenas in lion king— Moe (@MoeAlayan) November 5, 2017
If Migos are the Hyenas,— BLK (@BLKdot_) November 6, 2017
Scar - “Did you kill Simba?”
Takeoff - “Does it look like we killed Simba?”
Offset & Quavo - “ Ran yeah,that way” https://t.co/tW5OmrjXsA
As with many social media campaigns, Migos didn’t quite have everyone on board for the possibility of the group members playing the hyenas, partially because the parts were already cast to begin with.
People begging for Migos to be cast as hyenas in Lion King and I’m pretty sure they already cast those characters pic.twitter.com/qpbI7KL9hX— Save The Crew (@AlexKnerem) November 6, 2017
As funny as it would be to see the hyenas played by the Migos, how is everyone ignoring that they are already casted and on the poster!— Frankie (@fn_xlvi) November 6, 2017
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:51 AM
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A record label co-owner and producer credited with the speedy success of Atlanta-based Migos is facing charges after his alleged speed behind the wheel caught the attention of Alpharetta, Georgia, police.
Dashcam video obtained by WSB-TV’s Mike Petchenik shows officers pulling over Pierre “Pee” Thomas last Sunday. Thomas, the chief executive of record label Quality Control, has produced records for rappers such as Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby and Rich the Kid.
The officer "observed a red SUV traveling at a high rate of speed,” said Officer Jason Muenzer. “He noticed the vehicle was going about 100 mph.”
Muenzer said the officer got on Ga. 400 near Old Milton Parkway and began following Thomas north.
“That officer tried to catch up to the vehicle, but he himself got up to about 120, 125 (mph) and even then, the officer noticed the vehicle was pulling away from him.”
Eventually, video shows Thomas pull over off McFarland Parkway in Forsyth County.
He told officers he was heading home from the studio.
“When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver acted as though he didn’t see the officer,” Muenzer said. “The only excuse he had was he didn’t see the officer and he wanted to get home.”
On the dashcam video, the officer questioned Thomas and his speed.
“What were you doing going that fast, man?” he can be heard asking. “You were pulling away from me. I was doing 120 (mph) just trying to catch up to you. You were pulling away from me.”
Officers would later handcuff Thomas and take him to the North Fulton Jail annex on reckless driving charges.
Police told Petchenik this arrest was just one of a series recently on the busy highway.
“It’s getting old,” Muenzer said. “Those speeds, the slightest crack, the slightest item in the roadway, road debris, you can lose control of your vehicle.”
Thomas’ attorney, Drew Findling, told Petchenik that his client was not impaired and complied with officers.
“We will go to court in the city of Alpharetta and look forward to putting this matter behind him,” Findling said. “We will resolve it in court.”